Sunday, February 13, 2011
T.J. Bonner: Missing in Action in the Project Gunwalker Scandal and the cover-up of the circumstances of Brian Terry's murder.
Why is this man smiling?
One of the most curious aspects to me of the cover-up of the circumstances of the death of Customs and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is the absolute silence of his union, the National Border Patrol Council and that organization's normally high-profile leader, T.J. Bonner.
It is not as if the NBPC didn't get the memo. They devote some space on their website in the section called In Memoriam to his death, which includes this icon of mourning:
Yet it is a curious mourning, is it not, that makes much of burying a man who died in service to his country while being deliberately mum upon the scandalous circumstances of his death?
According to our sources, CBP agents are seething with anger over Project Gunwalker and the death of their fellow agent. We also hear that the line agents are more than a little upset at Bonner's silence. He cannot plead ignorance. I have myself sent Senator Grassley's letters to Bonner via email asking for his comment. He has not responded. I have often suggested to reporters that they seek out Bonner for comment. Yet he has not commented.
What accounts for his silence?
Is he, too, afraid of meeting the man upon the stair?
Does he not owe the family of Brian Terry at least the courtesy of the slender risk of his reputation to demand simple justice and a full accounting of the murder of one of his union's members? What is he afraid of, that Janet Napolitano won't invite him to tea?
If you would like an answer to this question and others, here is how you can send Bonner and the board of NBPC a message. Ask Bonner and his crew yourself.
If you get an answer it is more than the press, me or the ghost of Brian Terry have been able to get out of him up until now.